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Old 04-10-2021, 07:04 AM
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Steve was laying out the backstrip and center accent piece yesterday:



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Old 04-10-2021, 12:55 PM
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This should be fun to follow. Steve always does nice work. And how 'bout those dual sound ports!! Fun
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So nice and neat! I really like what Steve came up with for the back center seam. Really cool!
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:39 AM
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So nice and neat! I really like what Steve came up with for the back center seam. Really cool!
Thanks Tom. I asked him to do his thing, but keep it a bit more subtle than some of the stuff he does. He had some ideas that were really cool, and I'd have loved to have seen on a guitar, just not my guitar. Subtly elegant, not too flashy is what I was after. I think we found a good balance between his design ascetic and my desire.

Honestly, I was a bit nervous to ask because I thought he might have felt a little restricted, race horse in a small ring kind of thing, but he has been gracious as could be and never once made me feel bad or wrong. He's super easy to work with.

There have been a few things that he wanted to do that, at first, I was opposed to, but after some reflection, decided to let him do. Like making it a 13 fret guitar, for instance. I think somebody like me with just enough knowledge of building an acoustic guitar to be dangerous could really screw up a perfectly good guitar with all the options presented. I'm learning there seems to be a fine line between making it mine and allowing the builder to do what they do.
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Love the back of this!
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Old 04-14-2021, 07:11 AM
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Steve came up with this idea for the rosette. What do you think?

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Old 04-14-2021, 07:42 AM
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Looks like Steve's work and I like it! Really plays nicely off of what was done on the back strip! This is going to be a great instrument.
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Old 04-14-2021, 08:32 AM
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Steve came up with this idea for the rosette. What do you think?

I love it. And it goes beautifully with that back. Looking fantastic so far
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Old 04-14-2021, 08:52 AM
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A little update - Steve said he ran the sinker cedar through the drum sander and it exposed some ugly pitch pockets, so that top is unfortunately out. He found some 40 year old Canadian cedar and he said the tap tones were better so we are going with that instead. He suggested a faded edge burst on the finish, which I really like. It will look similar to this:

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Old 04-14-2021, 09:43 AM
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Love the rosette idea and as many have said, the backstrip is very cool and elegant.

Bummer about the top, but many times you end up with something better than what you started with. Sounds like Steve has chosen a worthy replacement.

Really enjoying this thread and always enjoy seeing what Steve comes up with. He always produces true works of art that also deliver beautiful music.

Congrats on the build and a very wonderful, promising start!
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Every luthier experiences this at times— you spend a pile of money on “premium” tonewood, and then you store it away for future builds when you finally get to use it... and you run it through the drum sander, and unseen anomalies are exposed. Then, it’s off to the scrap pile. Expensive wood that turns out to be sub-par or useless. To paraphrase one of the great philosophers of the age, Forrest Gump, “Tonewood is like a box of chawklits- you never know what you’re gonna git...” The Sinker Cedar top we selected had a couple of small pitch pockets- very minor, really- but that was a deal-breaker for me.

The good news in this case is, I had this one set of Cedar in my stash that was roughly processed, harvested almost 40 years ago. I tapped on it, and it has the most vivid, focused, MUSICAL tap tone... Definitely the best of the best. Its color is a light tan, so I pitched this top to James as tonally superb, and a great candidate for a shaded finish. So that’s what we’re going to do.

Here it is with the rosette installed:IMG_2612.jpg IMG_2615.jpg
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Old 04-15-2021, 11:04 AM
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It's a shame about the sinker cedar top - that was a real looker. I imagine pitch pockets ruin more great looking tops than we hear about. I hope you can save it (or sell it) for a ukulele or a dulcimer, Steve.

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Old 04-16-2021, 06:09 AM
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Back and sides are together now:

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